BRPD investigates series of home invasions, attacks; residents concerned
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — One 34-year-old woman was woken up by an intruder Sunday night in the Glen Oaks community neighborhood. She got away, but it was a different outcome for two women--aged 73 and 78.
Cpl. Don Coppola said in a press conference Tuesday, "The Baton Rouge Police Detectives are investigating three separate home invasions that occurred in the Baton Rouge area resulting in the sexual battery of the following victims.
The first home invasion happened Sunday morning in the Tara/Goodwood
area, the second Sunday night near Glen Oaks, and then Tuesday morning
in Webb Park. One thing stands out--these similar crimes all happened within two days. Resident Alanna Savoy says, "It's surprising. you don't really think about that happening around here especially to an older woman. "It seems like they're probably connected," said another resident, Keith Lorio.
But BRPD says that there's not quite enough evidence to prove that the crimes were committed by the same person or group of people. "Well this is an ongoing investigation, we're searching further investigative measures," added Coppola.
In the meantime officials are warning the public to protect themselves. "Make sure your doors and windows are locked," advised Coppola. "If you have a security system, by all means have it set and functioning. If you have any motion lights, [use them,] and we want to encourage everyone, look out for your neighbors. Look out for one another." When asked how she protects her family and home, Savoy said, "I make sure I go to like a well-lit gas station like this if i have to do something at night, and just stay out of harm's way."
For one dad, when it comes to crimes like these, It's personal. "Oh, i think about her [my daughter,] especially since i work out of town, I'm always worried. I hope they catch the guy."
"I'm originally from Houma and something like this just happened in
Houma as well," Savoy said. "I just think it's a sign of the times."
There were no major injuries. The suspect is described as male, 6' tall, dressed in dark clothing with gloves, and something covering the face. Officials urge anyone with information to call 344-STOP(7867)or the Juvenile Sex/Crimes division at 225-389-3853